Cisco AnyConnect VPN

Cisco Any Connect

The University of Arizona (UA) offers Virtual Private Networking to users with NetID+ and utilizes the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client.  Use the following steps to set it and connect to the College of Pharmacy network; or, follow detailed instructions at the University’s website — choose the tab for Support, How-To’s & Info.

Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client

When using the UA instructions mentioned above or the instructions below for connecting to the Cisco AnyConnect Mobility Client for the first time, you will need to enter the VPN connection name as ““;  it IS case sensitive.  In subsequent connections, it should pre-fill with the VPN connection name as “College of Pharmacy”.

(These directions work with both Mac OS  and Windows)


 Cisco AnyConnect VPN Setup



First, setup Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA, NetID+) by configuring your NetID to utilize NetID+.

To download the current version of the client go to

you will be prompted to log in: select 1-UASSLClient for the connection enter your UANetID, password and NetID+ methos, like push, sms, or one of the previously texted authorization codes. (we recommend using the Duo push method, as that is extremely convenient  Follow the directions here, selecting 'Smartphone' as the method.)

Once logged in you will be taken directly to the page to download the correct version for your device. (both Windows 10 and 11, and MacOS versions from Big Sur to Sonoma are supported.)

For other devices

iPhone or iPad: the client is available on Apples App Store

Android phones and tablets: the client is available on Google Play

Chromebooks: The Chrome Web store

After installed, open the AnyConnect Mobility Client. 
-If you are using a Mac you can find the Cisco VPN in "Applications".
-If you are using a Windows machine you can find it by:

  1. Clicking “Start”

  2. Type “Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client” and select it when it pops up

  3. In the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client window, type in the VPN connection for College of Pharmacy as: (it is case sensitive).\Pharmacy


  1. Enter:
    1. NetID
    2. NetID Password
  2.  Second Password (The dialog offers 'phone' as an option, the UA no longer supports that)
    1.  For Duo Mobile enter “push”; click OK. Open the Duo Mobile app on your smartphone or tablet.  You will receive the push from The University of Arizona. Tap on Approve.
    2.  For codes via text message, enter any of the codes that have been sent to you; click OK. If you need to get more codes, enter 'sms'
    3.  For Yubikey, place cursor in third field and tap your Yubikey; click OK.
  3.  Click “Accept” to accept the Cisco AnyConnect caution (On Macs you may be prompted to allow access to your keychain for a certificate, click on Deny; this is a bug of some sort with the UA’s configuration) 
  4.  Now, you should be connected to the College of Pharmacy network via the University’s Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client.
VPN on Mac


If you need to access a local networked resource like a home printer or your home network while connected to the Cisco AnyConnect Mobility Client VPN, before connecting to the VPN you must:

1. Open the Cisco AnyConnect Mobility Client
2. Click the gear icon in the lower left corner

VPN click settings

3. Check the box “Allow local (LAN) access when using VPN (if configured)”

VPN settings